First Bite: My BBQ Spot


A new barbecue joint has crept into the space formerly occupied by Tamarind Vietnamese restaurant on J Street. The transformation of the space is quite stunning – the once sandy yellow walls, adorned with intriguing Asian artwork, are now painted bold, blood red. Framed photos of prize fighters and tattoo-inspired paintings hang above diners, two loud televisions are suspended from the ceiling, and a row of beers on tap is now wedged behind the tiny to-go counter. The place has attitude, and I like it.

Last night we tried the barbecued baby back ribs – the meat was so tender that the bones fell away when I nudged them. The barbecued half chicken was equally moist and succulent, and the kids’ bulky, crusty chicken strips were so good my husband and I kept poaching bites when they weren’t looking. A side of “BBQ beans” were as sweet and tasty as you could hope for, and the kitchen’s potato salad was sturdy and very picnic-worthy. The place has already gotten so popular that the owners are considering a second location. If you’re a barbecue lover, it’s definitely worth checking out.
2502 J Street, Sacramento, (916) 442-4446